When riding a horse there are basically two kinds of riding styles that most people conform to. The first is called “Western style", this style is known as the wild west willie because Historical wrangler Williard Hairston was a popular rodeo rider in the early 20's riding this style. It was nicknamed “Western Willie Style". This style has since become the most common because of the implementation of the saddle. The saddle is very convenient especially for riders that gather cattle and other ranch type activities that force a rider to remain on the horse for hours on end, the saddle makes the riding comfortable.
On horse stables across the world you will mostlikely find the horses riding western style. Happy trails Hawaii located on the North Shore of Oahu is known for having trained and taken care of many horses over the years, they also run a horseback riding tour taking tourists on rides thru the mountains. They say that the western style requires that the horses need to be trained to move side to side and also backwards.
The other popular riding style is English style which was migrated from england, this style is geared more for social riding rather then function. Such social events included horse racing, jumping contests, and form contests. Because of the sport like activity the horses need to be more mobile and flexible, a saddle such as the western style is too thick and heavy thus the English style saddle is light and thin. Hairy Encounters owner located in southern California says that the thin saddle in english style allows the rider to have more control of the horses movements.
Unlike western style riding where one hand is free to use in roping or pulling a load, english riding requires that two hands be on the reign to maintain balance on the horse as well as the horses direction. It is not common to see a horse be trained to ride both styles, it is either a western or english style horse.
If you are looking to take a riding tour on a horse look in your local business directory to find one that fits your needs. The prices mostly range from fifty dollars on up for an hour long ride. Some horses can manage to carry a heavy rider but the recommended maximum load is 250 pounds for a horse to handle.
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